As I have returned home from a Zeal For Life business convention, all fired up and ready to go, ready to move mountains in myself and in others, I realize fear is the number one obstacle that keeps me from moving forward. I have a new motto now….”do the thing you fear!” This has given me guidance and helped me day to day build confidence in myself. When we know we are afraid of something, especially of doing something we know we need to do or God has asked us to do, when we move through the fear and do it, we are blessed with confidence. Every day I use this motto as my gauge and my encouragement. If I find myself feeling down, or wandering around in confusion I ask myself “what are you afraid of doing?” “what are you avoiding doing?” and when I identify it, that is what I do that day, the very thing I am avoiding because it is the #1 thing I need to do that day or I would not be getting opposition. As I have been doing this, I realize my confidence and peace grows strong, I feel in control of my life and myself. When we move through our fears and are proactive in facing them we are empowered to be in a place of action to use our agency, instead of being in a place of reaction and feeling controlled. It is liberating to conquer our fears, to move through them and beyond, for God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of courage! So today, I say “rise up!”. Identify your fears, face them and move through them to a life of greater freedom. This life is about acting, creating, growing….the more we get out of our comfort zone, the greater our ability is to be led by an all loving and knowing God and to partner with Him in helping ourselves and others in profound ways. Rise up, face those fears, do the thing you fear and move into freedom and peace!
It seems we live day to day just surviving, we encounter so many different stresses and situations that evoke strong emotions in us that we do not know what to do with it all, so we shove it all down, we keep it inside as to be able to “handle” or feel in control of our lives. Eventually we get to a point where we go numb, get depressed or our physical bodies just begin to break down because it literally cannot handle the stress of carrying around all the negative messages, energy and emotions that we are holding onto and stuffing down and hiding within our bodies. There needs to be a release, a place for this negative energy to go to, besides residing in us.
All thoughts, words and emotions are energy, and stay within us if not released. We need to learn to release negative energy and stay clear and balanced on a daily basis. We have got to let go of past guilt, hurt, anger, regrets. We need to bring ourselves into a space of peace, hope and love. That is what the power of forgiveness does. Truly forgiving and continuing in this space brings power of freedom to act, freedom to love, to have more of love and peace and hope in our lives.
So many of us walk around carrying heavy burdens of guilt and shame, regret and remorse. We are beings of light and were not meant to continue to carry and be weighed down by these things. There is a pure Source to which we can turn to that is unconditional Love and that has the power to help us to put all these negative energies off and heal. Part of that source resides within us, it is the power we have to choose. We have the power within us to change the way we go about life, the way we handle our lives, we have the power to heal and move into a space of peace and love and productivity. God asks us to move into this space, He provides tools and help to do this. Forgiveness is the power of freedom, when we forgive we are letting go of the negative, we are releasing it’s power over us, we are creating space for love and life within us.
So many of us walk around punishing ourselves for past choices, we think somehow that we cannot be forgiven for supposed mistakes, we deem them so bad that we continually dwell on and carry the burden, punishing ourselves and thinking that this is what we have to do to make recompense. What a lie! The truth is, we are here to learn, the way has been provided for us, through the Atonement of Christ, to be able to put off the negative that comes from poor choices and move into a place of greater power. These experiences are here to teach us and to provide us with wisdom and motivation and power to move into a higher way of living. Trying to make recompense is only hurting ourselves and others that we love and keeping us from becoming the powerful person that we are and were meant to become. We cannot move forward in a space of fear, punishment and regret. Only in a space of freedom, love and peace.
The tool of forgiveness, if used sincerely and frequently allows us to release all the “garbage” built up inside and can help us maintain a state of balance, clarity and peace. We must connect to God to help and direct us in this. His power is love and is healing, and He gives us strength where we lack. Whenever we forgive, we are bringing ourselves close to God, openness to light and truth and well being. We are being’s of light and truth, darkness is foreign to us and offends our souls and well as God. We forgive ourselves because in this we are saying, “I’m sorry for allowing this to hurt my spirit of godliness, I’m sorry for letting this foreign energy reside in a place of God.” Forgiveness is one of they keys to spiritual freedom. Love yourself enough to let go of the past, move into the present and use forgiveness to help you with this. Remember who you are and begin to stand in that….today!
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Lately I have been reminded over and over the power in gratitude. I’ve definitely seen some dark days and challenges seem to be a constant, especially as of late…. being separated from my husband, doing the single mom thing, moving to a new area, balancing between work and kids….nothing that others cannot relate too. Yet over and over, I see that we have the power to shift a seemingly negative situation into a positive, by simply choosing gratitude.
I was profoundly reminded of this just last week, when I found myself sobbing, as I was driving a long way back home, and had to pull to the side of the road so that I could see and regain some composure. I had been wrestling with a big decision that day and felt so much confusion and hopelessness that I just couldn’t take it anymore. As I sat in my car on the side of the road, i began to plead with God through my sobbing. A few minutes later, I was shocked to see a stranger standing outside my car, at my window, knocking. I rolled down my window, and listened as this young gentleman proceeded to tell me that he had passed by 2 previous cars in need that day and had asked the Lord if he should stop, at which the impressions were “no”, but that when he came upon my car, he felt deeply impressed that he should and that he should share an article with me. To my unbelief it was a talk from Elder Uchtdorf entitled “Grateful in Any Circumstances.” This young man proceeded to tell me that the Lord wanted me to know that He is so aware of me and my circumstances and that all would be well. I sobbed again, thanked him, and he returned to his car.
What I have since come to realize is that God was hearing my cries that day, but I really couldn’t see the blessings or hear the answers until I began to acknowledge and show gratitude for the many blessings I had received already. As I have begun to choose gratitude, I have been humbled as my eyes have been open to the reality of my life. I am blessed with 4 beautiful children, and they have a father who loves them and strives to take good care of them, and strives to keep a friendship with me. I have so many loving friends and with each new friend the circle just keeps expanding. The work I get to do blesses others in profound ways. I get to work with friends that are like family and I get to work from home! I am blessed with health, which I did not have, even just a year ago. I feel closer to my God then ever and see His hand in my life daily. I have food, water, shelter and love. I am extremely well taken care of… Gratitude is like magic, it completely changes the way we look and feel about our life situations. Gratitude carries with it the energy of hope, healing and peace. It is a powerful tool against lies and deception. It is a tool that empowers us in any circumstance! Here is my invitation to you, my friends,….. cultivate an attitude of gratitude! For sure, I’m trying. God Bless us all in our efforts!
As I reflect today on the past couple of weeks and as I have been asked to pass thru some difficult challenges at this time, these are the thoughts that have rested upon me:
It is in the midst of our greatest trials and struggles that the potential for higher learning is great. If we will but turn to our Lord and humble ourselves before him, and plead for his guidance…we will be taught, tutored and comforted. These are the teaching grounds of life and when we choose to learn from the challenge and let the pain teach us, we will be blessed with understandings beyond our own comprehension. In this, the challenging times are a gift and a literal preparation for us to reach higher and be taught and tutored by the Lord in a no other way then when we are humbled and on our knees searching for the answers. It is in the hunger for relief, the hunger to understand, the hunger to be comforted, that we are then fed…. because we are ready and we need it and we will know what to do with it. In this, I am thankful for an all loving and merciful Father who has set the path, the way, and lovingly allows the experiences that we need for us to grow in stature and in true happiness, by allowing these challenges to come time and time again.
If you have ever wondered if there is a God who loves you, if you have a purpose in this life, or why life seems like an uphill journey for you most of the time…..let me just bear witness that there is a God, who is LOVE and loves all and if your life is an uphill battle, it is a manifestation of His love for you. He has a message for you, He sees your greatness and is calling it out, He is calling you out….to come to Him. Come and kneel at His feet, cry out to Him and learn from Him. Let him teach you and love on you and heal you. Then stand tall and keep moving forward and share the love and lessons with others.
The other day I found myself driving down the highway, listening to Alanis Morsette and crying! As I listened, the words struck me to the very core:
That I would be good even if I did nothing,
That I would be good even if i got the thumbs down,
that I would be good if I got and stayed sick,
that I would be good even if i gained ten pounds….
that i would be fine even if I went bankrupt
that i would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
that I would be great if I was no longer queen
that i would be grand if I was not all knowing….
I painfully realized that somewhere along my life journey I picked up on the lie that who I am is not good enough. Not only did I let that lie sit in my mind, but I took it into my heart and believed it to be true. I have been spending years playing that out and pushing myself beyond exhaustion to prove that I AM good enough. I have wasted so much time and energy aligning myself with others expectations, judgements and limitations. I have been consumed with concern of how my actions look to other people and striving to please others so that I could have the reward of recognition and feeling good enough. The sad thing is….there has been no change or reward, only the continued feelings of worthlessness, hurt and shame. I’ve gone the other way also and have played it small so I wouldn’t make others uncomfortable or cause them to shun me! No wonder I have felt crazy, depressed or both for so many years!
Why? Why have I done this? I don’t know all the reasons….but this I do know….. I’m Done. I’m taking back my own personal power, the power to choose who I want to be, and to respect who I am already. I’m choosing to love myself for who I am, and see myself thru God’s eyes. I ‘m choosing to not let others define who I am, my worth or my capabilities. I’m choosing to be more concerned with loving and accepting myself unconditionally and allowing God to work through me, not limiting myself or what He can do. I no longer choose to be limited by other people’s negative perceptions and opinions, and I no longer choose to believe the Lie that I am not good enough.
I believe that there is great power in realizing that a change just starts with a simple act of choosing. I have been given the god given right and power to choose, we all have. I believe that when I come to the God in Heaven and ask him to walk with me and to guide me and to show me who I am in his eyes and fill me with his unconditional love, He will. I have come to understand that this is where my strength to do hard things and my ability to seperate myself from untrue beliefs and others false perceptions and judgements will come from, through Christ. When I choose God first, and I follow His voice and His counsel and I allow myself to see myself through His eyes, I am truly free. Free to choose who I want to be, free from others definitions and opinions, free from shame, guilt and untruths. His love heals me and sets me free to be my best self. I’m striving to reach higher, use my personal power to CHOOSE my actions and turning to God for strength to do these things. I choose to believe that I AM GOOD ENOUGH! What are you choosing to believe today?